Suicide Notes Left Before Fatal Crash

Suicide Notes Left Before Fatal Crash

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities say the man who caused a head-on collision that killed himself and a Utah family last Sunday had left several suicide notes at his home earlier in the day.

Deputy Police Chief Jim Owens says 20-year-old Las Vegas resident Clark McBride was "definitely suicidal,"

But Owens cautions it's unclear whether McBride intentionally killed himself and the Cedar City family of three.

31-year-old Steve Smith, 28-year-old Amber Miller Smith and their 9-week-old daughter, Opal May Smith, died March 13 after their vehicle was struck by an oncoming car driven by McBride.

The crash occurred near Indian Springs, 60 miles north of Las Vegas.

A Las Vegas police officer pursuing McBride was also hurt when his patrol car swerved to avoid the wreckage, overcorrected and flipped in the desert.

Investigators have been unable to interview the officer, who was flown by helicopter to University Medical Center. He is still recovering from his injuries.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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